"Yellow Nuclear Island: A Radioactive Dystopia" (2014)
Video for Nuclear Markers of Freaked Markers Architecture Studio
Created December 8, 2014
Featuring Music of Coldplay, "Midnight" (Instrumental), 2014
Once upon a time, a great nation learned to wield the power of atoms, the building blocks of the universe. It used the energy to wipe out its enemies, but soon other nations learned to harness the power of the particles as well. To keep their peoples safe, the nations experimented with the particles in the middle of the Great Ocean, causing great plumes of fire and destruction. Unbeknownst to them, the destructive plumes poisoned the land and the native peoples of the islands, leaving them radioactive for generations – 10,000 years, to be precise. Ashamed, the leading nation tried to purify the poisoned land; they built a great stone dome, 110 m in diameter, in the middle of the Great Ocean, to bury the poisoned land. The dome temple is called CACTUS, inscribed 1979. The nation paid the poisoned peoples and silenced them.
A while later, the great nations forgot about war and desired wealth from trade. They turned the Great Ocean into a highway; through flying ships, sailing ships, and undersea wires, the vast ocean distances collapsed. The ocean became a small sea, and the sea became a backwater pond. Soon, the collective speed of travel warmed the Ocean, causing waters to rise. The stone marker and the islanders were forgotten. Meanwhile, the great nations turned the fearsome atom into power for industry, placing the poisoned byproduct – nuclear waste - into metal capsules.
The nations produced thousands of these nuclear waste capsules. Soon, the capsules began to cover the Earth’s surface, and the islands began to sink….
Thus began Year 1 of the Nuclear Era.
This short film documents the story of the Yellow Nuclear Island, and its life and death in four parts:
(1) Present Day Future: 10,000 NE (Year 10,000 of the Nuclear Era)
(2) Flashback: Year 1 NE
(3) Flashback II: Atomic Empire, 2 NE – 500 NE
(4) Back to the Future: 10,001 NE